Simple, 2 Step Wooden Bokkens




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this guide tesches you how to make wooden bokkens and daggers. the style shown is a ninja-to w/out tsuba but fell free to be creative; western longswords, scimitars, goreswords (though you might struggle with those) and more! Btw a bokken is mainly used for sword training but if you add the extra step it will become evil stabby weapon of DOOM!!! anyways enjoy.

NOTE: you can make daggers if you scale this thing down).

Materials: enough wood to compensate for your sword (of course) if you want a tsuba (handguard) be sure to cover that too.

Tools: saw (any style will do, make sure you can cut your project with it though. Jigsaw and bandsaw are recommended).
Sander(any form is permitted, including lathes. For goreswords you may need a cylinder sander).

this project can take from a minute (or less) to 20 mins. dependant on the detail you put in your work.

Step 1: Cut It Out

After you mark out your desired implement of death, cut it out using the saw i mentioned earlier.

Goresword lovers, a little note; don't go to too much effort in detail; or you might have trouble cutting it out.

Step 2: Sharpening

time to Sharpen!/Hone!/Sand! your blade to the right sharpness. remember, keep it at 70 degrees if you want the best effect.

bokkens don't nessescarily have to be sharp; they just have to be in relatively good shape.

Step 3: Time To.... Do What Ever You Do With a Bokken!

Finally, your training weapon is finished and ready to use. that wan't that hard now was it?

P.S. enjoy your new tools of destruction!



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    13 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Ummm... NO.

    First, a bokken is never sharpened, they are more egg shaped in cross section so they are as strong on the striking edge as they can be.

    Second, not any wood will do. Do not use pine or any other wood you can mark easily with a fingernail. There are many woods that will work passably well. These include oak, wax wood, Iron heart, hickory, and many others. You need a dense wood that will take a lot of abuse.

    Third, you NEVER sharpen or point a bokken. You should not kill your sparring partner for the sake of looking cool. They can be hard to replace.

    Fourth, for a bokken that is made of indeterminate strength, Duck Tape! Should you shatter your blade, it prevents pieces of wood from becoming shrapnel.

    Fifth, bokken are bludgeons that can EASILY break all manner of bones. Know what the hell you are doing before you use another person for live sparing.

    Sixth, Get some armor, ESPECIALLY for your head. Nothing ruins a good friendship like making your sparring partner a vegetable for the rest of his life. Football helmets, motorcycle, even bike helmets beat nothing.

     My language for a sword that will turn you into a gory mess when you're hit with it. basically anything with jagged edges.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    Note: i made a buster sword, tidus' hooksword, 3 keyblades and Saix's claymore doing this, so its the guide on how to make wooden boffers. Other Note: boffers are great but can break. so please be practical when designing. and also don't sharpen it to paper slicing precision or it just isn't a practice weapon anymore.

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Can you give me pics? and what Keyblades? Kingdom key? Oblivion? Oathkeeper? Fenrir? Metal Chocobo? Photon Debugger? ( My fav ), Three wishes? or something else?


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Oathkeeper, Oblivion and Kingdom key. Also i made a man-high (6 foot) pin tumbler key-Naginata Juss search them up on google or any other search engine


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is very cool and all, but try not to say wooden bokken. It means wooden wooden sword, so just bokken, and the wooden part is not needed

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yeh sure thing. I don't study Japanese so it gets relatively confusing now and then